Samuel P., age 27, English Channel


This day my Lord took physic, and came not out of his chamber.

All the morning making orders. After dinner a great while below in the great cabin trying with W. Howe some of Mr. Laws’ songs, particularly that of “What is a kiss,” with which we had a great deal of pleasure.

After that to making of orders again. Captain Sparling of the Assistance brought me a pair of silk stockings of a light blue, which I was much pleased with.

The Captain and I to supper, and after that a most pleasant walk till 10 at night with him upon the deck, it being a fine evening.

My pain was gone again that I had yesterday, blessed be God.

This day the month ends, I in very good health, and all the world in a merry mood because of the King’s coming.

This day I began to teach Mr. Edward; who I find to have a very good foundation laid for his Latin by Mr. Fuller. I expect every minute to hear how my poor wife do.

I find myself in all things well as to body and mind, but troubled for the absence of my wife.

*(The Diary of Samuel Pepys M.A. F.R.S., edited by Henry B. Wheatley F.S.A., London, George Bell & Sons York St. Covent Garden, Cambridge Deighton Bell & Co., 1893.)